By Abena Rockcliffe
Leaders and supporters of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) yesterday
mounted protest action outside of the Office of the President for the eighth consecutive week, to register their disapproval about the way Guyana is being governed. However, this demonstration was quite different. The majority of those who gathered were attired in black, and unlike previous weeks, the protestors had no placards neither did they chant slogans.
This, the coalition’s leader, David Granger said, was done to indicate the fact that APNU views this period as a time for mourning.
Granger told the media that APNU and its supporters are mourning “the death of democracy in Guyana”. He added that the death of the Tenth Parliament and the trust in the Executive was also being mourned “so it is three in one.”
Granger said that the series of announcements that President Donald Ramotar has been making since the beginning of November to Saturday last, gives a clear indication that he intentionally chose to remove democracy from the Republic of Guyana
Granger emphasised that the President cannot recapture the trust that has been lost, “it’s gone; it is too late.”
The Opposition leader referred to the President as “the author of mischief” and said that all concerns as to the state of affairs in Guyana should be addressed to him. Granger was at the time referring to sentiments expressed by the Private Sector Commission (PSC) last week. The Commission had called for all political parties to address the issues facing Guyana, including the prorogation of Parliament, in a mature manner. The body asked that the Opposition and the government to meet each other halfway.
But Granger said yesterday, that the government never showed an interest in that kind of agreement. He added that the PSC needs to ask the President why he did not assent to all the Bills that the Commission made reference to in its call for compromise.
The Opposition leader said that “the fault lies entirely with President Ramotar as he had an agenda from the beginning of the year, doing everything with intent to fully destroy democracy”.
Granger told the media that President Ramotar had three years of troubled tenure. He said that the effects of that tenure are no parliament and no democracy “he erased everything, it’s just a dictatorship”.
APNU has been protesting for just over two months outside the President’s Office. Initially geared towards putting pressure on the President to name a date for the 20 years’ overdue Local Government Elections, but after the President prorogued the Parliament on November 10, the aim of the protest was redirected. The call is now for the return of democracy.
APNU executive members such as Rupert Roopnaraine, Ronald Bulkan, George Norton, Winston Felix, Ernest Elliot, Christopher Jones, Annette Ferguson, and Lance Carberry were among those who protested with the opposition leader yesterday.
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Caption; A section of the protestors outside the Office of the President yesterday
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